It was a huge relief when Newcastle got their first point since the end of February on Saturday, when we managed a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom, and it was almost night and day after what happened at the King Power stadium the previous weekend, which had to be one of our most pathetic performances of the season.
John Carver – his inexperience has not helped
In the last 10 weeks the team have put in some terrible displays, and we have had John Carver fight with his players and the fans, and he has made it clear to the press, that it’s the players who are the ones responsible for this mess.
But John doesn’t seem to fully realize that a coach’s basic job is to get the very best out of the players he has available – so he’s also culpable.
But at least John Carver knows Newcastle are not safe yet and there’s still work to do:
“The job is not done yet. I keep saying I’m not interested in who Hull or anybody else plays.” “All I’m interested in is who we play and we have QPR away and West Ham at home.”
“And we have to get points from those games.” “It’s about a million times better.” “They weren’t beaten 3-0 and they halted that run of performances.”
After the meetings last weekend with Lee Charnley and the players, and with the players themselves having their own private meeting, it looks like the powers that be finally stepped in to try to do something, and it may even be paying off.
Lee Charnley and company left it very late, but Saturday’s performance gives us some hope and even confidence that we can pick up the required number of points in our last two games.
But if we do take the drop in two weeks time, the man responsible is Mike Ashley, and he may have made his biggest mistake in his eight years at the club.
He should have strengthened the squad in January, when plenty of money was available, but because of his frugal ways – decided not to.
Newcastle are the 19th richest club in the world and the 18th most valuable club in the world currently, and relegation would be a huge blow for the Tyneside club.
This stuff about it being a good thing is simply wishful thinking.
We hope we can stay up, but with two games to go it will probably all be decided on the final day of the season a week on Sunday – and that could be a real nail-biter.
But whether we take the drop or stay up this season, it’s been an embarrassing and even shameful year for Newcastle United.
And so difficult and painful for the fans – once again.